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Photo-imaging: A Complete Visual Guide to Alternative Techniques and Processes (Photography for All Levels: Advanced) [Paperback]

Jill Enfield


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A guide for photographers interested in mastering alternative photo-imaging techniques, using film formats or digital cameras. Step-by-step directions take readers through every aspect of the photo-imaging process, from set-up to final print. There are dozens of tested formulas and tips for using infrared film and liquid emulsion; cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown printing; platinum and palladium printing; Kwik prints; tintypes; Polaroid transfers and lifts; hand painting; and making digital negatives. Readers will also find out proven ways to make enlarged negatives; mix two processes together to achieve various effects; and print on a variety of surfaces. The author's own photographs throughout the book demonstrate all these techniques in action.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time... 21 Nov 2002
By Christina Z. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I've seen Jill Enfield's work frequently in magazines and books, and was thrilled when I found out she was writing her own text. I teach experimental photography at a university, so any book of this nature that comes on the market, I buy. When this came in the mail from Amazon.com (promptly, I might add) I was impressed. Watson Guptill knows how to lay out a textbook so that it appeals to the reader, and is well supported by images, not only with examples of the processes but with "how to" pictures, also. It is user friendly, especially for those who are somewhat newer to the photographic medium and experimental in nature. That said, I learned new things (e.g. the chapter on tintypes) that I will use in my experimental photography class!
These topics are included: black and white infrared, liquid emulsion, enlarging negatives for alternative processes, ink jet transfers, polaroid processes, cyanotypes, kallitypes, platinum printing, palladium printing, tintypes, hand coloring, and other stuff. It is a good combination of what are traditionally termed "alt process" (platinum, cyanotypes, etc.) and what are more experimental things to try.
For this type of book the price at Amazon.com is excellent--most books of this caliber range from [$$$].
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 11 Mar 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Photo-Imaging is beautifully written and illustrated--an essential volume for anyone interested in alternative photographic processes. The writing is clear and simple. Jill Enfield makes it easy to experiment with new photographic techniques. There are lots of helpful tips and hints based on Enfield's extensive experience with alternative processes. I particulary like the detailed supplier information she lists.
While I sometimes wished she had included additional historical and chemical details, it's a minor quibble because this book has carefully distilled the essential information needed to get up and running with each process. This book is a great value considering the low cost and the extensive information included. No fluff or filler--just concise information.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Introductory Guide 31 Aug 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Enfield's book has a very impressive sounding title but compared to The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes (Christopher James), or Coming Into Focus (John Barnier), it falls far short of being "A Complete Guide." This book is a nice introduction to some of the techniques a beginning student, interested in the subject, might investigate.
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternate Process Genius 19 Feb 2013
By George W Ensinger - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Enfield's book is clearly written. She presents in clearly detailed steps processes which other authors make frightening or inaccessible. this is a superb sourcebook for alternative processes!
5.0 out of 5 stars Jill Enfield 28 Jan 2013
By Anna M. Schuller - Published on Amazon.com
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I love the techniques that Jill Enfield used in her photographic work. I studied her work and used some of her techniques in my photographic work. Thusis anamazing book.
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